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Welcome to our staff newsletter

Keeping staff informed and up-to-date is a priority for the Trust. This is achieved through the daily email bulletins, weekly Chief Executive messages (that you can read here), monthly team briefings, and our regular Aspire newsletters.

We have an archive of older issues (in PDF format) available by clicking here or on the years below:

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Autumn / Winter 2019

Welcome to the first Aspire of 2020. We’d like to start this edition of Aspire by saying a big thank you to all colleagues who worked over the Christmas and New Year period. As always, it was an exceptionally busy time, but it was great to see Team ASPH pull together and support each other to ensure that we provide patients with the best possible care and treatment.

  • Staff Achievement Awards
  • Patient Stories
  • Spotlight On – Transforming outpatient physiotherapy services
  • ASPH Pantomime
  • Fundraising
  • ASPH Social
  • Members’ update


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Summer 2019

It has been an exceptionally busy time at ASPH, with the extra pressures experienced during last winter continuing well into spring and summer.

Team ASPH have really pulled together to support each other and ensure that we strive to provide patients with the best possible care and treatment - a big thank you to you all. To support teams in coping with this sustained increase in demand, we are renewing our commitment to the Making Every Day Count programme. We want each day a patient spends with us to add real value to their care and recovery, helping them get closer to the place they call home. To support this we will shortly be changing the configuration of some assessment areas and wards. This will help ensure we have the right number of speciality beds in the right place and improve the flow of patients. Keep an eye out in the next issue of Aspire for more information on this.


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Spring 2019

Winter, and indeed spring are particularly busy times for us at ASPH and this year is no exception.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fantastic team ASPH for your hard work and dedication in seeking to provide patients with the best possible care in what remains an extremely busy and pressurised time.


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Autumn / Winter 2018

Recognition can be a very powerful way of demonstrating the value colleagues bring and to gather us together around a shared vision or goal.

The Staff Achievement Awards are always the highlight of the ASPH calendar and a superb occasion to take some time out and appreciate everything colleagues do day-in day-out, for patients, their teams and each other. We hosted an afternoon tea for about 300 colleagues and took the opportunity to celebrate with the Long Service Award winners for their amazing commitment and service to the Trust.


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Summer 2018

Birthdays, awards, new services and new names for existing services. All these give us a good collective reason to cheer and shout about our ever increasing list of achievements.

We recently shared in one of the biggest birthday parties celebrating with other NHS colleagues across the country the 70th year of the existence of the NHS. Nothing like a good cup of tea with a sumptuous piece of cake to share at our amazing events


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Spring 2018

Welcome to our new look Aspire magazine – our first edition for spring. After a long and chilly winter it’s nice to move into brighter and warmer days.

Over the colder months we’ve had some exceptionally busy days in A&E and across our hospitals, which creates a challenge in managing our bed capacity. Coping with this extra demand whilst continuing to provide high quality care to our patients has required a supreme effort; thank you to every member of Team ASPH and all of our healthcare partners for your invaluable contribution.


Autumn 2017

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We welcome two special visitors

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP and his Senior Clinical Advisor, Professor Sir Norman Williams visited our Trust on Friday 15th September to discuss patient safety with around 40 members of staff.


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Farewell to Aileen

Aileen McLeish has been Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals since October 2008 and was a Non-executive Director of the Trust for four years before that. She announced in March that she would be standing down at the end of August.


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VR enhances Dementia Care

Older people with dementia often spend a long time in hospital whilst they are recovering from their acute illness and are well enough to be discharged.


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Farewell to Heather

We said goodbye and a fond farewell to our Chief Nurse Heather Caudle who left Ashford and St Peter’s on Friday 8th September after nearly six years in post.


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New Chief Nurse

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Tranka, as our new Chief Nurse. Sue joined us on 18th September to pick up the reigns of this very important leadership role from Heather.


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Inspiring visit by Cecilia Anim

We were delighted to host an inspiring and insightful visit from Cecilia Anim, President of the Royal College of Nursing, in August.


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National Organ Donation Week

We marked National Organ Donation week (4th to 10th September) with a display in the Main Entrance at St Peter’s Hospital.


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Cutting edge treatment

We recently announced the introduction of an innovative endoscopic technique, Spyglass® ERCP for identification and treatment of complex biliary tract disorders, enabling earlier and more definitive diagnosis for our patients.


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End PJ Paralysis

The Trust held a week of events in September to raise awareness of our #EndPJParalysis campaign, where we aim to improve patient mobility and dignity by encouraging patients to wear (ideally) their own clothes or PJs whenever possible, rather than a hospital gown or hospital PJs.


Summer 2017

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Lady Forsyth-Johnson opens New Unit

Lady Forsyth-Johnson, actress, model and wife of Bruce Forsyth, paid a special visit to St. Peter’s Hospital on Tuesday 30th May to officially open a new area of the Intensive Care Unit.


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Trust wins gold for healthy eating options

Three restaurants at the Trust have received prestigious Eat Out Eat Well Gold Awards. Just Dine, Eat Well and the Post Graduate Education Centre were given the awards for the range of healthy eating options on their menus.


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New GP service to help A&E patients at St. Peter’s

The Trust has been given £609,000 from the Government’s £100 million A&E capital fund, to help ease pressure on emergency departments in time for winter.


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Our stars shine at Staff Awards

We held our annual Staff Achievement Awards in April, hosted by Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Journalist, Broadcaster and former patient. Awards were made in ten categories, including Long Service Awards to eighteen people.


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Team ASPH wins big

We are delighted to announce that on the 22nd June Team ASPH won two awards at the prestigious Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) HR in Excellence Awards.


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Ophthalmology in Focus

Following on from the very successful Members’ Event on Eyes which took place on 10th May and which many members attended, Mr Arun Gupta, who presented at the event and is a Consultant Ophthalmologist as well as Staff Governor for Medical and Dental staff, has produced a list of common eye conditions and referenced the treatment required.


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Spotlight on our Integrated Musculoskeletal Service

In this issue of Aspire we caught up with our Integrated Musculoskeletal (iMSK) team to find out how they are doing since the launch of the new service last October. Musculoskeletal services (if you don’t know) relates to parts of the body that give people the ability to move.


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Stunning refurb inspired by children’s author

Much-loved local children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the inspiration behind a beautiful, newly refurbished, Isolation Room on Ash Ward at St. Peter’s Hospital. Bright and colourful images inspired by Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s books, such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, now adorn the previously plain and clinical walls of the Isolation Room.


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A mum, baby, and midwife reunion to celebrate IDM

We marked this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) by reuniting mums who had their babies at St. Peter’s Hospital with the Midwives who helped deliver them. The Abbey Wing played host to the event in May, which saw mums and midwives mingling and discussing life pre and post maternity.


Spring 2017

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Celebrating our new Multi-Faith Centre

The new Multi-Faith Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey was officially opened in early March and brought together representatives from a number of different faiths. These included Rt. Revd Jo Wells, Anglican Bishop of Dorking; Ven. Phramaha Suriyan Amaro representing Buddhism; Rt. Revd Richard Moth, Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton; Dr Abbas Naqvi, Resident Alim of Al-Asr Mosque in Woking; Rabbi David Zucker from North West Surrey Synagogue and Meeta Joshi, Hindu Chaplain for the University of Surrey.


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All change at St. Peter’s Hospital

Visitors to St. Peter’s may well notice some construction work taking place around the hospital. Director of Estates and Facilities Chris Bell explains: “Each year we plan our capital projects - those areas of our hospitals that most urgently need to be updated or improved. At St. Peter’s, we’ve needed to create space to expand and relocate some of our clinical services for some time, so it’s exciting this work is now underway.


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Cherry Ward Lunch Club

Our Care of the Elderly team on Cherry Ward have started a new initiative to get patients socialising over lunch. Occupational Therapist Diana Sheridan explains: “Sitting at the table for meal times is part of most people’s normal everyday activity, but the ‘norm’ in hospital is often to eat your meals sitting in bed. For elderly patients who may be in hospital for some time, spending a lot of time in bed can result in ‘deconditioning’ - where they begin to lose their strength, mobility and confidence - ultimately, slowing down their return to independence.


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New developments for our busy Endoscopy Unit

Every year, 12,000 procedures are performed from two rooms in the Endoscopy Unit at St Peter’s Hospital. From July this year, a third room will be added as part of the Trust’s exciting plans to enhance the service and accommodate increasing demand. On completion, the department will boast a range of new features including: Gastrointestinal (GI) Investigations Room, a 3rd procedure Room, 4 bedded Recovery Area and a second Discharge Room.


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Spotlight on our Colorectal Cancer team

After five years at the Trust Pasha Nasir, one of our Consultant Surgeons, says that the colorectal cancer team at St Peter’s hospital is ‘unified, happy and well supported by the Trust’. Regarded as one of the UK’s leading centres for early detection of colorectal cancer, the service provides specialist care and support for people who develop cancer across the whole of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.


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Peddling for pounds to support our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

On Thursday 30th March, Dr Paul Crawshaw, Neonatal Consultant at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals (far right) and Tony Martinez, Crew Member for the special South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) neonatal transfer ambulance (on the left), set off on an epic 360 mile cycle, over four days, to raise money for the Little Roo Neonatal Fund.


Autumn 2016

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The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Ashford and St. Peter’s is part of a new partnership - Surrey Heartlands - which is bringing together clinicians and other health and care staff, alongside patients, their carers and families and members of the public, to think through how we can transform services so residents have access to the very best care and treatments, working together in a new and exciting way.


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Meet our new Non-Executive Directors

Six new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the Board of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They are replacing long-serving directors who are retiring over the course of this year and next.


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ASPH now a NHS England Exemplar Centre

We are delighted that Ashford and St. Peter’s has been awarded Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Exemplar Centre Status by NHS England. This is a huge achievement as it recognises our commitment to patient safety and VTE prevention at the Trust.


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Innovative eye procedure launched

Our Ophthalmology team has started a new service, known as ‘Corneal Cross-linking’. The procedure is used to treat a relatively rare condition called Keratoconus, which leads to progressive bulging and thinning of the cornea and ultimately to a deterioration in vision.


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A&E Reconfiguration

Our Emergency Department (ED), like many others across the country, is under increasing pressure. When the unit at St Peter’s was built some years ago it was expected to cater for around 180 patients per day with 45 ambulance attendances. Today we are seeing around 300 patients per day with 95 ambulances attending.


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Surrey iMSK

Following our successful bid at the beginning of August to be the lead provider for the Surrey Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (iMSK), we are pleased to announce that the new service is up and running having been launched on the 1st October.


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Members’ Update

In June the Council of Governors and Board of Directors took the decision to increase our boundaries, to reflect the number of patients from outside our “catchment” area who are receiving treatment at the Trust.


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Welcoming our new doctors

Over the summer, almost 160 junior doctors have joined our hospitals. This includes almost 100 doctors who are in their first (Foundation Year 1) or second (Foundation Year 2) year of training after completing medical school.


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Spotlight on ... Quality Improvement

At ASPH we are aiming to have a culture of ‘curiosity and creativity’ that is fair, open and supportive. One of the ways we are creating this culture is to have an approach to quality improvement that develops capacity and capability for individuals and teams to lead and make improvements for themselves.



Summer 2016

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Celebrating Staff Excellence

The Trust received over 600 nominations by our patients and colleagues, highlighting our staff achievements over the past year, which were celebrated at our 2016 Staff Achievement Awards.


A truly inner-vative treatment

Recently, we launched a new procedure called Capsule Endoscopy. This uses state-of-the-art technology going ‘inner space’ to diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel, where traditional endoscopes and colonoscopes cannot reach.


Stroke Services

Following a Surrey-wide stroke review by commissioners last year, plans are being developed to improve stroke services across the county, working closely with clinicians, patients and groups such as the Stroke Association.


Nursing and Midwifery Day

Making a mark on International Nurses Day, we celebrated our fabulous nursing and midwifery staff, by conducting our very own special event on the 12th May - ‘Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day’ - with over 140 people attending.


Spotlight on ... Therapies

Ashford and St Peter's Therapies Team comprises many skilled professionals; occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dementia care specialists and dietitians, who provide invaluable care, working across teams, to support our patients' recoveries.


An innovative approach to recovery

Our physiotherapists have adopted a fun and innovative approach to recovery. Fractured neck of femur (hip fracture) patients can now enjoy an exciting group session together, doing their recovery exercises to live guitar music.


Dementia Services

Work has been completed on our Care of the Elderly wards (Swift and Holly) to create two dementiafriendly bays. The bays were officially opened on 25th July by special guest and dementia campaigner, Tommy Whitelaw.


“SimMom” helps maternity

Our maternity department has used a £30,000 government grant to buy a new life-like birthing simulator called SimMom. The realistic mannequin has accurate anatomy and functionality, complete with a ‘bump’ and a birthing baby inside, so the team can practice different labour and birth scenarios.


Huge refurbishment project

Momentum children’s charity is thrilled to have been awarded a £52,000 grant by The Wisley Foundation in partnership with The Lockwood Charitable Foundation, which will enable it to start on an extensive refurbishment project to enhance the healing environment of the Paediatric Unit at St Peter’s Hospital.


Spring 2016

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Edna Adan Ismail’s inspirational visit to Maternity

In February we welcomed Edna Adan Ismail to Ashford and St Peter’s where she visited the Abbey Birth Centre, Labour ward, Joan Booker ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).


Why don’t you - Adopt a Grandparent?

We caught up with Chris Marsh, one of our Trust’s Junior Doctors – who recently introduced this new initiative. Here, he explains the idea.


New service launched to support elderly patients

The first of three Locality Hubs in North West Surrey, the Bedser Hub, has opened in Woking Community Hospital, with two further hubs planned for Weybridge and Ashford Hospitals in the coming months.


Cancer and Palliative Care

Lead Cancer Clinician, Sarah Burton, gives an overview on the tremendous amount achieved by the team last year while looking ahead to plans for 2016.


The team streamlining cancer care

For those diagnosed with cancer or awaiting diagnosis, there is a team of people at Ashford and St Peter’s who work together to give patients the best treatment and care available.


Meet the Urological Oncology Team

Completing our look at our Cancer and Palliative Care team, Terri Hess, Lead Urology Specialist Nurse, talks to us about the developments within the Urology Department at St Peter’s.


Winter 2015

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Preparing for Winter

As we experience the first frosts it’s clear winter is on its way. We are already seeing busy days in our hospitals and would encourage people to ‘choose well’ when they need medical attention. A&E isn’t always the right place and we need to keep the department working well for those who really need it.


WOW! Going the extra mile

Held at The Brewery in London, The WOW! Awards recognise excellence in customer care, and we certainly wowed at this year’s WOW! Awards with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals winning a trio of awards at the glittering event.


Opus Healthcare Award

A team of specialist nurses at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has won the 2015 Opus Healthcare Research Award jointly with a team from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their combined project to study patients’ views on an innovative surgical method of reducing or eliminating distressing stoma leakages after gastric surgery.


Sarah sails in

Former Olympic medallist and World Champion sailor, Sarah Ayton OBE joined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and Alliance Medical staff to officially open a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner at a special launch event in November.


New emergency surgery nurse

Christine Redmond recently joined us in the new role of Emergency Surgery Nurse Co-ordinator. She will be working with high-risk patients who require emergency surgery, particularly those with acute abdominal conditions who may need emergency laparotomy, to ensure their journey is as quick and streamlined as possible.


Merger update

There is a slight delay to our merger plans and it is now expected that the boards of both Trusts will make a decision on how to progress in January 2016, rather than December as originally planned.


Members update

It has been a busy year in Membership with four full Council meetings, four well attended members’ events – Cancer Services, Annual Members’ Meeting, Cardiovascular Services and Dementia Services, numerous site visits by Governors, not to mention elections taking place for the Council of Governors.


Meet our newest Governor

We’re pleased to introduce our newest Public Governor, Bhagat Singh Rupal, who was elected in October to represent Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.


Reunited after 50 years

It can often take a lot of years and a lot of miles before you finally meet up with someone you went to school with! Shirley Cheng Hoon Maher, a Gynae-oncology Clinical Nurse at St Peter’s and Lay Cheng Chapman, (Cecilia) our Falls Lead Nurse, went to the same primary and secondary schools in Penang, Malaysia 50 years ago.


Paediatric Oncology

Housed at the back of our main children’s wards at St Peter’s Hospital is Little Oaks, a ward where around 35 very special children and their families are cared for by our paediatric oncology team.


Research excellence

We caught up with Dr Monica Nordstrom, Respiratory Physician, and Rahki Patel, Research Respiratory Physiologist, in the Research and Development team, to find out more about the ongoing research trials for asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients.


News Roundup

Chef Manager at Ashford Hospital, Mavis Asiedu, giggles with an infectious laugh as she explains how she loves her job. Having worked for Ashford and St Peter’s for 15 years, she’s passionate about great customer service and quality food.


Autumn 2015

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Moving forward together

Welcome to the first edition of our new look ASPire magazine. We want to keep staff, patients and members updated with everything that’s happening at our hospitals, and also to have the opportunity to gain some insight into each other’s perspectives.


Dementia Services

David Sills, Dementia and Admiral Nurse Lead and Layla Hibbs, a Dementia Occupational Therapist, gave a thought-provoking presentation about Dementia at a very well-attended Members’ Health Event.


Taking a look inside … Imaging

Technology in Imaging, or Radiology, has advanced quickly in recent years, with many new developments in the equipment and methods used to diagnose and treat patients.


The Friends of St. Peter’s Hospital

The Friends of St. Peter’s Hospital, a voluntary charitable organisation, has been established since 1952 and continues to support the work of St. Peter’s Hospital.


Ashford Hospital League of Friends

The Ashford Hospital League of Friends, established in 1962, is a voluntary charitable organisation whose main objective is to provide support for patients and staff of Ashford Hospital.


Judith Allford

The Rev Judith Allford, the Trust’s Head of Pastoral Care for nearly 20 years, retired at the end of August. Many friends, colleagues and former colleagues gathered in Chertsey House to wish her farewell.


Staff News Roundup

Staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and North West Surrey CCG have collected four pallets worth of urgently needed items, such as outdoor clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries for refugees across Europe.


News Roundup

A yellow socks and blankets scheme has been introduced on our wards to help staff identify patients who have a high risk of falling and sustaining serious injury.